Post hoc analysis of daratumumab plus lenalidomide, bortezomib and dexamethasone in Black patients from final data of the GRIFFIN study

Br J Haematol. 2024 Jun;204(6):2227-2232. doi: 10.1111/bjh.19386. Epub 2024 Mar 19.


Due in part to racial disparities and underrepresentation in clinical studies, optimal therapies for Black patients with multiple myeloma remain undefined. This final analysis of GRIFFIN by race showed that the addition of daratumumab (D) to lenalidomide/bortezomib/dexamethasone (RVd) provides clinical benefit among both Black and White transplant-eligible newly diagnosed patients compared with RVd alone. However, Black patients were more likely to discontinue ≥1 drug due to treatment-emergent adverse events. In summary, these findings suggest a benefit of D-RVd front-line therapy among Black and White patients and underscore the importance of equitable treatment access for all patients.

Keywords: antibody therapy; clinical trials; complete remission; haematological malignancy; minimal residual disease; multiple myeloma.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal* / administration & dosage
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal* / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal* / therapeutic use
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols* / administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols* / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols* / therapeutic use
  • Black or African American
  • Bortezomib* / administration & dosage
  • Bortezomib* / adverse effects
  • Bortezomib* / therapeutic use
  • Dexamethasone* / administration & dosage
  • Dexamethasone* / adverse effects
  • Dexamethasone* / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lenalidomide* / administration & dosage
  • Lenalidomide* / adverse effects
  • Lenalidomide* / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Myeloma* / drug therapy


  • daratumumab
  • Lenalidomide
  • Dexamethasone
  • Bortezomib
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal